Neck Pain And Dizziness – Causes, Symptoms And Treatment

Neck Pain And Dizziness – Causes, Symptoms And Treatment

Do you know that a staggering 65 million people suffer from neck pain and dizziness every year in the United States alone?  The causes of neck pain and dizziness can be aggravated by and sometimes even pinpointed to our lifestyle – stress in the work place, sitting in front of your computer without taking a break or standing in one position for too long (such as when teaching or giving a presentation), having a poor diet, bad sleeping habits, incorrect posture etc.  In some cases neck pain may be a result of a neck injury.

We will discuss here some conditions that are responsible for the symptoms of neck pain together with dizziness.  You should definitely have a full medical evaluation if you suffer from these symptoms.

Any neck pain treatment offered in a timely manner will be more effective in healing neck pain and help to prevent it from happening in the future. Most popular methods that are helpful in preventing neck pain are chiropractic care, laser or ultrasound therapy, acupuncture and naturopathic supplements. However there are some kinds of neck discomfort that may require immediate medical attention like meningitis and spinal trauma. Meningitis and spinal trauma may cause long-term disability and even death if not treated at the right time.  Vertigo is another condition that can cause dizziness and be combined with neck pain.


This occurs when the meninges (the protective membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord) becomes infected and inflamed. The condition can lead to death and must be diagnosed and treated as quickly as possible.

Meningitis occurs when there is an infection or inflammation in the protective membranes that covers your brain and spinal cord. It is a serious condition and must be diagnosed as soon as possible. The symptoms of Meningitis range from unusual discomfort in the neck – like a severe and sudden pain in the neck. Be sure to consult a doctor if it is accompanied by the following symptoms mentioned below.

  • Severe Pain in the back/spinal cord.
  • Dizziness, nausea, repeated vomiting or exhaustion.
  • Unbearable headache
  • Rashes
  • Stiffness in the neck preventing you from bending your neck to the front or to the sides
  • Sudden onset of neck or back pain which is not due to trauma.

Spinal trauma

A blow to the head may not always result in immediate neck or spinal discomfort. But in many cases you can get a head trauma hours or days after the incident. It should be treated quickly because you may not be able to find out the internal injuries from a blow to your head without proper diagnosing. In some cases there maybe internal bleeding which may led to even complex situations. Be sure to look for symptoms such as:

  • High Fever
  • Vertigo
  • Blurred vision or a sudden decrease in your eye power
  • Trouble hearing or ringing in the ears
  • Unusual taste sensation or inability to taste
  • Clicking sound or sensation in the cervical spine (neck) area whenever you move or stretch
  • Frequent Vomiting
  • Loss of muscle control in your shoulder’s or arms
  • Unusual Drowsiness or difficulty in keeping your eyes open


Neck pain and dizziness often occur together.  Vertigo is a condition where you may feel a sensation of whirling or tilting near the neck or in the spine that causes loss of balance.

The eerie sensation of tilting or spinning that you experience is dizziness and it’s somewhat similar to the one you get while going on roller coasters or Ferris wheels. The vestibular nucleus located in our brainstem is the part of our brain that is responsible for vertigo. The information from the body travels through the brainstem to your brain. Unusual vertigo sensations can arise from a number of sources like the inner ear problems or as a result of dislodged particles in the canals of the inner ear (also known as BPPV).  The cerebellum can also be an another source that enters your nucleus and initiates the vertigo sensations. The temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) is also another source of stimuli to these vestibular centers. If you had a jaw problem which prevented you from opening and closing your jaw properly and in the past, then you may have experienced vertigo as well.

Unusual grinding the teeth in the evening are positive signs of TMJ and you should consult a doctor immediately.

Cervical vertigo is caused when the upper neck tissue which includes the neck bones, discs, and joints send incorrect stimuli information to the vestibular centers in the brain. In this case diagnose involves restoring proper neck function, neck posture, and neck ranges of motion. Many factors are responsible to neck pain and dizziness, it’s always a safe bet to consult your doctor if see the above mentioned symptoms of meningitis and spinal trauma.




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